September 6, 1849 (Thursday)

Warm and sultry—showery to-day.  Went to Walnut St. Theatre this evening.

For the first time in 1849, at least as far as we can determine, Nathan attended the ballet.  The Walnut Street Theatre had two ballets on their bill that evening.  First was the much loved and oft performed La Fille Mal Gardée (English title: The Wayward Daughter) by Jean Dauberval (1742–1806). La Fille was first performed in 1789 and is still performed today. It has been revised repeatedly including a complete revision in 1828 by Jean-Pierre Aumer (1774–1833), a student of Dauberval. Presumably, this was the version or something close to it, that Nathan saw.

The second ballet that night, Independence of Hungary,  was new, having had its world premier on September 3 at the Walnut. The patriotic ballet, (two acts and four tableaux), depicted scenes from the recently concluded Hungarian War for Independence. The work was created and produced by the famed Monplaisir Ballet Company, starring Hippolyte Monplaisir (1821–1877) and his wife Adéle. The Monplaisir’s trained in Italy, toured the Continent, and had great success in America since arriving in 1847.

Hippolyte and Adele Monplaisir (Georges Sornier and Adele Bartholmin) in L'Almee (Broadway Theatre, New York, 1847)

Sources:

“Hippolyte Monplaisir.” Wikipedia (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippolyte_Monplaisir), last modified July 10, 2008. Accessed September 4, 2011.

“La Fille Mal Gardée.” Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_fille_mal_gardée), last modified August 19, 2011. Accessed September 4, 2011.

Linda. “La Fille Mal Gardée.” The Ballet Bag (http://www.theballetbag.com/2010/03/09/la-fille-mal-gardee/), last modified March 9, 2010. Accessed September 4, 2011.

Migel, Parmenia. Great Ballet Prints of the Romantic Era. New York: Dover, 1981.

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